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Behind the Mask
of Innocence

Sex, Violence, Prejudice,
Crime: Films of Social
Conscience in the
Silent Era

By Kevin Brownlow

 

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BRIEF NOTES

Behind the Mask of Innocence:
Sex, Violence, Prejudice, Crime: Films of Social Conscience in the Silent Era

By Kevin Brownlow

University of California Press : Berkeley, California : 1992
ISBN 0-5200-7626-5 : 579 pages : trade paperback : $40.00
Exploring the social commentary film, Kevin Brownlow covers the sensational and the dour in this lengthy volume on the silent era’s muses of conscience.

Sex, drugs, crime, corruption, divorce, prohibition, and the resulting censorship are all covered here. Brownlow introduces us to many of these films, unknown outside of archives, that haven’t been seen since the 1910s and 1920s.

Profusely illustrated with well-reproduced stills, frame enlargements and contemporary advertisements. Another fine Brownlow production.

 
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